Carlie began writing professionally in 1991. She spent 5 years at a mid-sized daily newspaper, beating deadline on a daily basis while covering politics and entertainment. She's written for monthly magazines, weekly blogs, and academic publications. Educated at the University of Oklahoma, Carlie holds BAs in Journalism & Mass Communication, and Film & Video Studies, as well as, a Master of Regional & City Planning. She owns a consulting firm and conducts research in the area of natural and environmental planning.